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My beef with the census push

First, let me say that everybody should fill out the census. The census is very important. The census is fundamental to our representative democracy. Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution says, “[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”

Complete and return your census.

Having said all that: every stinking story I hear or ad I see on the census emphasizes the “federal dollars and services” your community gets. Gimme, gimme, gimme.

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This emphasis from the government and the media that the census is important so that you can “get your fair share” from the government is disturbing. First, it’s not “free money” that the benevolent government overlords get from their magic money tree. It’s citizen’s money, taken by taxes, filtered through the oh-so-efficient government bureaucracy and returned with a messy regulatory bow.

Second, the primary purpose of the census–to correctly apportion representation, is completely discounted. Never once, in the countless ads and relentless media push, have I heard the democratic and constitutional purpose mentioned.

It’s like the government wants us to forget that they work for us.

5 responses to “My beef with the census push”

  1. Renae Avatar

    I agree! My son and I talked about this very thing as I filled out the census for our family. We even pulled out the Constitution. Now there's an idea!

  2. amber@classichouswife Avatar

    Well said!

  3. Teresa Smith Avatar
    Teresa Smith

    when I got my Census form I did just what I was legally supposed to do. I wrote a "5" in the box and mailed it back. That is all the info I feel they are entitled to have, how many folks live at this address. period.

    Weather we are black , white or brown, educated or not has no effect whatsoever on weather our community needs more tax $$'s for roads or a new school.

    I may be a rebel but I am just getting a bit terse at how intrusive this government of our is getting.

    In my world taking a census means count heads, not check their color and education.


  4. April Avatar

    Well, duh, Renae, why didn't I think of that? Homeschool Fail! I think I'll take the opportunity next time we hear one of those "Fill out the census and get stuff" ads.

    Thanks, Amber!

    Teresa, I put "American" for race and have a tidy little speech about race being a cultural/political construct if they call to "correct" it. It cracks me up how the press made such a big deal about Pres. Obama checking "African-American." Of all the things in the world that are news, that isn't one of them.

  5. Dana Avatar

    No way. Obama's black? How did I miss that?

    The census ads are driving my nuts, and I don't even have television. I keep thinking, "That, too? Is there nothing left that is funded by local communities?"

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